Humane Society of Bay County urge residents to be on the lookout for strays

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The Humane Society of Bay County continues to find stray pets almost two weeks after Hurricane Michael left families stranded looking for their furry friends. 

“We have seen several reunions here, and those are the best part about it,” said Ehren Melius, the shelter director at ASPCA. 

Officials say donations have been coming in regularly, and 25 responders on the ground are helping rescues find their way back home. 

“We were able to mobilize our response teams into the area,” said Melius. “We partnered up with the Florida State Animal Response Coalition – they invited us in for assistance. , and we were able to stage places close by so as soon as the storm passed we were able to mobilize resources.”

While there have been several reunions, many families in the area have no choice but to give up their animals – due to lack of resources or relocation. 

“We are getting some surrenders, and we are getting people who have lost everything,” said Melius. “They’ve lost their homes. They’ve lost family members, and they’re not in a position to hold onto their animals.”

If you have a lost animal, post the information to facebook.com/groups/animalrescuepc.

For detailed information on resources available, go to https://adoptme.org/hurricanemichael/

Individuals looking to report missing or stranded animals, contact the Hurricane Michael pet hoteline at 1-800-738-9437.

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